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clowns: MAME ROM Information.


Clowns (c) 1978 Midway.

Players bounce clowns off 'see-saw' to break rows of balloons for high score and bonus jumps.


[Upright model] [No. 630]

Main CPU : 8080 (@ 1.9968 Mhz)

Sound Chips : Discrete circuitry

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 256 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 2

Players : 2

Control : paddle


Released in January 1978.

Also released as "Clowns [Cocktail Table model]".

This game is known in UK as "Springboard" (licensed to Subelectro).

David Nelson holds the official record for this game with 61,390 points on June 1, 2004.


Successful jump : 10 points

Popping Balloon in bottom row: 20 points

Popping Balloon in middle row : 50 points

Popping Balloon in top row : 100 points

Bonus for Clearing Bottom Balloon Row : 200 points

Bonus for Clearing Middle Balloon Row : 500 points

Bonus for Clearing Top Balloon Row : 1,000 points


* Computers :

Commodore C64 (1983)


Game's rom.

Machine's picture.

MAME Info:

0.33b3 [Al Kossow, Brad Oliver]

Samples required


- Open Coin SW for RAM-ROM Test and close Coin SW for Springboard Alignment.


- 0.111u4: Zsolt Vasvari and Derrick Renaud added second set of analog controls to Clowns. Changed 8080 CPU clock speed to 1996800 Hz. Fixed input and dipswitches.

- 0.107u4: Mr. Do added built-in overlays for Clowns.

- 0.103u3: Bob Seidel improved dipswitches for Clowns (rev. 1 + 2). Added 'Bonus Game' dipswitch.

- 0.94u5: Derrick Renaud added discrete emulation for music, balloon popping and springboard hit and coin counter and proper watchdog. Fixed dipswitches.

- 0.66: Added Samples sound (pop, miss and bounce.wav).

- 1st March 2003: Keith Wilkins and Derrick Renaud submitted a large update to the discrete sound system, adding discrete sound to Canyon Bomber, Polaris, Sprint, Sprint 2, Ultra Tank and samples to Circus, Clowns and Sea Wolf.

- 21st January 2003: Derrick Renaud adding sample sounds (that are not yet recorded) to the Circus, Clowns and Seawolf.

- 0.60: Added clone Clowns (rev. 1). Changed parent description to 'Clowns (rev. 2)'.

- 0.33b3: Al Kossow and Brad Oliver added Clowns (Midway 1978).

- 24th August 1997: Kevin Klopp dumped Clowns (rev. 2).

Other Emulators:


* Laser

Recommended Games (Circus):




Dead Eye

Gypsy Juggler

Space Walk


Wall Street

Circus Charlie

Cycle Mahbou

Plump Pop

Jumping Pop (Nics)

Angel Kids

Crazzy Clownz

Romset: 6 kb / 6 files / 5.19 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="clowns" sourcefile="mw8080bw.c" sampleof="clowns">
              <description>Clowns (rev. 2)</description>
              <rom name="h2.cpu" size="1024" crc="ff4432eb" sha1="997aee1e3669daa1d8169b4e103d04baaab8ea8d" region="maincpu" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="g2.cpu" size="1024" crc="676c934b" sha1="72b681ca9ef23d820fdd297cc417932aecc9677b" region="maincpu" offset="400"/>
              <rom name="f2.cpu" size="1024" crc="00757962" sha1="ef39211493393e97284a08eea63be0757643ac88" region="maincpu" offset="800"/>
              <rom name="e2.cpu" size="1024" crc="9e506a36" sha1="8aad486a72d148d8b03e7bec4c12abd14e425c5f" region="maincpu" offset="c00"/>
              <rom name="d2.cpu" size="1024" crc="d61b5b47" sha1="6051c0a2e81d6e975e82c2d48d0e52dc0d4723e3" region="maincpu" offset="1000"/>
              <rom name="c2.cpu" size="1024" crc="154d129a" sha1="61eebb319ee3a6be598b764b295c18a93a953c1e" region="maincpu" offset="1400"/>
              <sample name="miss"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="8080" clock="1996800"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="mono" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="samples" name="Samples"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="discrete" name="DISCRETE"/>
              <display tag="screen" type="raster" rotate="0" width="260" height="224" refresh="59.541985" pixclock="4992000" htotal="320" hbend="0" hbstart="260" vtotal="262" vbend="0" vbstart="224" />
              <sound channels="1"/>
              <input players="2" coins="1">
                     <control type="paddle" minimum="1" maximum="254" sensitivity="100" keydelta="10"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coinage" tag="IN2" mask="3">
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Credit" value="3"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/2 Credits" value="2"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/2 Credits" value="1"/>
              <dipswitch name="Bonus Game" tag="IN2" mask="12">
                     <dipvalue name="No Bonus" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="9000" value="4"/>
                     <dipvalue name="11000" value="8"/>
                     <dipvalue name="13000" value="12"/>
              <dipswitch name="Balloon Resets" tag="IN2" mask="16">
                     <dipvalue name="Each Row" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="All Rows" value="16"/>
              <dipswitch name="Bonus Life" tag="IN2" mask="32">
                     <dipvalue name="3000" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="4000" value="32"/>
              <dipswitch name="Lives" tag="IN2" mask="64">
                     <dipvalue name="3" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="4" value="64"/>
              <dipswitch name="Service Mode" tag="IN2" mask="128">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="128"/>
              <adjuster name="R507 - Music Volume" default="40"/>
              <driver status="imperfect" emulation="good" color="good" sound="imperfect" graphic="good" savestate="supported" palettesize="0"/>

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